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John Bentley's

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American, Contemporary
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2915 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94061-4003 (Selby Ln.)
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a gem of the peninsula . The food and the service is 5+ stars. Their seafood is always fresh and exciting . And the turf is always cooked to perfection. The desert so exciting as well, if you're fortunate enough they may have their special cheesecake .

Thank Tim B
San Jose, California
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133 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were looking for someplace nice to try mid-peninsula. We found a gem Food: Our table of three all enjoyed the appetizers and our entrees. Ambiance: Very classy place. Perfect for a high-end date or power lunch. The clientele was on the more mature side, as one would expect given the location. Service: Professional and unobtrusive. Helpful and light when... More 

Thank MrGaucho1987
San Francisco, California
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

Went for dinner on a Saturday evening and the food was delicious. Had the Watermelon with Avocado salad which was great. For entree, had the Hanger Steak which was cooked perfectly and came in a great sauce. Service was excellent. Only complaint was the noise level. It was extremely loud so you couldn't even talk with your tablemates. Noise level... More 

Thank nwduke
Redwood City, California
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

This place never disappoints. The food is always outstanding! They take everything to the next level without getting off track. For example, I recently had the double pork chops. The meat was cooked perfectly to order, tender and juicy. The bonus was a wonderful crust that accented it. All their menu items seem to be wonderful. The atmosphere is sedate... More 

Thank Judi M
Redwood City, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Have been enjoying John Bentley's for many years, going back well into the days during which the restaurant occupied the old Woodside fire house. The menu has changed slightly, and the specials are always a delight. One thing that has changed though is that the wine list has really gone up in price. I searched high and wide for bottles... More 

Thank CJJ4
Palo Alto, California
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117 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

We started our dinner with one of the most magnificent appetizers that I've had: a salad, described as a Napoleon, that had a good amount of fresh Dungeness crab, grilled watermelon (the grilling makes it even sweeter) and avocado with a delicious, light dressing. This is a TO DIE FOR starter, if you love crab.

Thank Coastman3
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

Restaurant greeted us warmly as we arrived for a long anticipated dinner with friends; their menu is enticing - choosing among great sounding dishes required thought, Result: Both service and food were excellent

Thank elijahCA
Redwood City, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

I've had almost every entree on the menu, and they were all excellent. Every waiter I've had there provided great service. The atmosphere is relaxed yet classy. The building looks good too.

Thank jw12379
Redwood City, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

This is a special place to go especially for special occasions. I consider one of the best restaurants on the Peninsula. Food is wonderful as is the service. Reservations, probably at least a week in advance, are a must. My only disappointment with John Bentley's is when I call too late to get a reservation.

Thank sswopecajs
San Francisco, CA
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106 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

John has been in this location for years, with free and plentiful parking in the rear, and is consistently very good. His foie gras is outstanding, and you will find a number of other highly inventive dishes, especially appetizers routinely utilizing watermelon, artichoke, and eggplant, among others. The staff is attentive and responsive: if you want a small cool Sauternes... More 

Thank MHSanFrancisco

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $40
American, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Full Bar, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2915 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94061-4003
    (Selby Ln.)
  • Public Transportation: AC Transit
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Redwood City
  • Phone Number: 650-365-7777

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?